Friday, October 30, 2009

Internal Auditing means Using your Brain

This has been a dilemma for so long - making other people understand how literally brain-rattling and mind-boggling Internal Auditing is. At least in our company.

A lot of people have long since underestimated our department, and so far, I have grown tired of trying to prove them wrong - because I have just realized that I need not try. They ARE wrong.

Internal auditing has been a burden and a blessing. A blessing for it flexes our brain tissues, wears out our thinking caps, and even tires our logic and rational thinking, which they cannot get from simply doing the same thing everyday - checking receipts, updating their excel files, saving, printing, typing, updating the system, depositing the cash, coming back, typing again, saving, printing, going home. A blessing for it allows us to exercise judgment and character analysis, profiling people we meet just like in Criminal Minds. A blessing for it develops our grammar, improves our sentence construction, polishes our writing skills - for who else can concisely and precisely convey 5 thoughts in one sentence, with formality and classic elegance yet exudes authority and wisdom.

But at times, our work becomes a burden. Biologically, for it kills more brain cells than normal people do, exposes us more to light and radiation thanks to our nifty laptops. Wears our finger joints and makes us prone to arthritis from too much typing and clicking. Burdensome, for at times we face our enemies, give them smiles despite our earnest desire to stay away. We need a more modulated voice while talking to people just so they won't think they are being apprehended for pulling down the Eiffel tower, a straight face while watching them tell a lie and miserably sucking at it.

It's a heavy thing to carry - our burdens - because with these are the stares and the glares of people who do not understand. Who cannot and may not ever grasp the fact why we exist. Why we do what we do and do them the way we do. Who, for the love of God, cannot even start to comprehend why we look as if we're not doing anything, just sitting around staring at our screens or staring at the ceiling. They may not realize that inside our steady heads are the huge brains working overtime, trying, looking for even the tiniest loopholes that every other executive has failed to see.

We appear to be just chatting around or relaxing, holding that glass of cold water or mug of hot coffee - the only time they say they see us come out of our fortress. They see us talk to others, with a smile and an open joke that we laugh at every now and then. Or walking towards the mess hall or from the buffet area full from the "perks of our position". But they don't understand. These were just the times, the very short ones, that we consider as breaks, the time we interact with the outside world we tend to forget while deciphering, discerning, the facts of cases even investigators can't crack open. These are the links we keep alive, the very same links we get "useless" news from. So useless they help us understand the connections between who we are talking to and who we really need to talk to. What we are looking at against the thing we really need to look into.

But they don't understand. Instead they say our work is so easy that routine tasks you can do while sleeping is nastier. That adding figures is so much more challenging than convincing a manager that he has in fact bent rules and thinking it's fine. That saving files and printing them to be filed up in boxes is more interesting than interviewing five to six people and merging their stories to determine who really was at fault. That being busy typing and marking papers and receipts is more rewarding than figuring out how to help their company, OUR company, save hundred and hundreds of pesos every month.

Use your brain. Even just for a short while. Even for a minute a day. Try to understand - why internal auditing means using your brain.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Farmville Friend Fertilizers & Dairy Farms

Have you noticed the updates on Farmville? Try visiting a neighbors farm and you'll see these icons at the bottom left of your farmville window, these are the fertilizers. You get them by helping out friends  in their farms performing missions like pulling out weeds, shooing away foxes and birds, etc.. those kinds of missions that just pop out of nowehere. And apparently, you do not get the fertilizers if you go directly to a neighbor's farm to help out. Currently, I ran out of these fertilizers, so I just borrowed these pics from lightchan.

You would normally receive about 5 of these fertilizer bags which you can use to add "sparkle" to your friends' crops. You would later notice that fertilized crops have the sparkles on them. Just like these berries, pic taken from Carla's farm. (click on the image to enlarge)

And when the crops are ready for harvest, you would see the difference in size as compared to the crops that were not fertilized, see the pic of my farm and notice the difference between the corn kernels.  :)

Also, once you harvest the sparkly crops, you'll notice that you earn 1XP point for each plot, in addition to the selling price and master points.

And oh, if you have a lot of cows, I'd advise you get dairy farms and milking those cows will be as fast as two clicks. Or something.  :)

One dairy farm can house 20 cows, all you have to do is click on a cow, select move, and move it into the dairy farm, and then wait for harvest! I mean, milking time...

I hope Farmville develops a shearing farm or something for the sheep and a milking station for the goats too.

And if we're not neighbors yet, just, add me...  :)

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Lesser Facebook Friends in Live Feed!

That was why my readership from my facebook friends has slowly dwindled! Facebook has made updates with their system and this is what happened:

The new facebook setup has limited the number of friends's newsfeeds to where your updates are published to a default of 250; meaning, if you have 1,000 friends, your updates will only be published in the newsfeeds of just 250 of them! Imagine! (This is also why Mafia Wars jobs have slow response, and even adoption of farmville animals... lol!)

So to remedy this, go to your home/newsfeed. Then look at the very bottom part, there's a blue bar with Edit Options at the right area: (click image to enlarge)

Click on that Edit Options thing and this will pop-out:

Change the Maximum number of friends in Live Feed into your actual number of friends or even more.

Got it?



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No to Drugs!

Someday soon, I'd have to put this up in support of Management.



And if you liked the suggestion, give me a line, maybe I'll include that in my stats for recommendation. lol!
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Stupid Questions deserve Sarcastic Answers

I told you before, but you didn't listen.

Ask me stupid questions and you'll get annoying answers slathered with sarcasm and a dash of tactlessness.

Like, which is harder, typing two phrases to ask something..

Or, click once on that link/tab titled "PROFILE"?



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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Need Viagra? Just ask your partner to FART!

As crazy as it may sound, I know a family who would totally be amused at this new research thing... *ehem*

Anyway, blogs around the net has started abuzz regarding this new "discovery" - hydrogen sulfide in flatulence can help out a male having a bit of difficulty having an erection (really?) to actually have one, without shelling out a lot to buy viagra online, or offline.

According to them, the hydrogen sulfide in those stinky farts have recently been shown to relax the walls of major blood vessels, allowing more blood flow, and I think, making it go full attention.

An Italian university, though it still remains unnamed as of this post, has found enzymes that produce Hydrogen Sulfide in human penile tissue.Injecting this tissue with H2S dilated the blood vessels, while injecting it into the penises of live rats produced erections. (Rats have erections? Really?)

So for the layman, the advantages: a free source of, ehrm, standing power for guys - doesn't cost a single penny, all natural, and may not cause too much embarrassment from the pharmacists ('coz you're pretty much admitting you're having problems going up if you buy viagra!).

Disadvantages: the darn rotten-egg smell, embarrassment from partner (if she's not that used to hearing you fart so loud!), and the urgent need to concentrate to get the perfect timing and coordination between the fart and the need to have an erection.


I'd still ask you to stop farting.

For additional reading, here's another one of those studies that says farts can lower blood pressure.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 2009 CPA Board Exam Results!

Congratulations to the 2,888 souls that passed the CPA Board Exams held this October 2009. There were at least 41.67% of you who passed - imagine the demand! Why? Because the national passing rate has just gone up several percentage points from the meager 20+% to 40+%! Nice.

Anyway, Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of
Registration will start on Monday, October 26, 2009 but not later than November 13, 2009.

Those who will register, please don't forget to bring the following so that you won't too burdened and registration would run as smooth as possible:
  1. Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal,
  2. Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 
  3. 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 
  4. 2 pieces 1” x 1” picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 
  5. 2 sets of metered documentary stamps, and 
  6. 1 short brown envelope with name and profession; 
  7. Money, to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2009-2012
Don't forget that successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals, don't ask someone else to be the face of your success. Or else you won't be registered. Lol!

Also, registration for membership with the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
Inc. will start on Monday, October 26, 2009.

For the top performing schools and the passing percentage of your school, please click on that link.

And for the list of all the passers, please click on the link one as soon as possible!

And for whatever purpose it may serve, see these links too!

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Again, congratulations to all the passers, and to those who did not make it this time, let me share this:

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race [is] not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. - Ecc. 9:11 - You'll get your chance, soon.  c',') 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Facebook and Twitter Sharing now Available!


Just for the fun of it, I'm going to self-promote this lurking blog. I placed some button/links for you to be able to easily share posts you're reading through Twitter and Facebook. Yey!

The buttons/links are found immediately after the date under the post title. :-)


And just for additional fun, watch this:

The facebook link code is from here and the twitter code is from here.

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Print them up.

Printers do the printing, so don't complain that you can't print from your computer.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pacquiao = Billboard; Obama = Nobel

He had his billboard posted in Los Angeles.


for the video and article, see this. But apparently, there are problems with loading the thing.

And Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize this year, almost a year after taking office. For details, see this.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

So un- "Uncathy"!

"Uncathy" is a word coined by an old friend, if not a very close one (ehem) - from high school, King, meant to denote "the state of being sugar and spice and everything nice...." I would have suggested he used "powerpuffy-ish", but no. As crooked as I can be at times, I'd prefer the "uncathy" term even if it's a negation of my own name. From all that I can dig up from my facebook statuses and pic comments, the second time (I couldn't find the first one, I'm sure there was another incident before this but I couldn't trace it anymore) King used that when he posted a comment to my status "Busy. Renovating."

He said he doesn't want a copyright, but to contribute to popular culture. harhar.

Anyway, here's a un-uncathy moment. Blessed are those who can understand bisaya. lol!

*click on image to enlarge*

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Mikey Arroyo on Facebook!

I thought Mikey Arroyo wanted Facebook and other sites and blogging platforms regulated?!

So how come he's on Facebook now? Huh? Can someone please explain this to me?

By the way, for those who haven't seen it, here's Mikey Arroyo's page on Facebook.

And the article saying he wants it regulated.


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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Useless Fact: Babies and Charlie Brown

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!

{so tragic...}

Charlie Brown's father is a barber.

Not so useless? Why not try these?
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Have you seen this?! - My TOP 5.

Saw my stats a while ago and I'm very thankful that a lot have been clicking on to see my posts. So for those who are lost, here's my TOP 5 for the week:
  1. Get Instructed - with 14 clicks.
  2. I am Free. I can Express - 7 clicks.
  3. And 4 clicks each:

Again, thank you for visiting!

PS: If it's not too much trouble, you can also try these:

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

I am Free. I can Express.

I started this blog in February of 2007 with this post just lurking around, discovering it because I was searching the net for added means of income that I can do without explicitly selling things, or starting auctions, or all these. The web was abuzz with SEO, Search Engine Optimization; search engine results came up with "Blogging: Make money at home" or "The Easiest Way to Make Money Online" and things like that. And so I tried it out.

Several months later, I was still excited about it, trying out most, but definitely not all, of online advise regarding online branding and marketing, until such time that I can google my own name without landing on the PRC's CPA Board Exam Results. Someone said I have been successful with my personal branding because I can search for my own name.

It has been, what, more than 2 years and all I have is an erratic number of subscribers! It's a bit frustrating because what I wanted was to write things that are both informative and amusing, and worth reading by thousands and thousands of people. But hell no. I can't see the turn out I was dreaming of from the very beginning.

I wanted to be known as the CPA who blogs and earns as much as she does from "normal" work. I wanted my blog to pull readers to itself because of its content, its insight, its writing style, or even how amusing and freakishly easy I make blogging to appear.

But. Maybe all I can do is look at my blog stats, sigh, and pray to God that He makes it survive for the next years.

Or say crap. And pray I don't get tired.

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